RDA Yorke and Mid North Region
About the area
ABS ERP 2018
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
The District Council of Mount Remarkable is named after Mount Remarkable, which was named in 1840 for the way it stood out against the surrounding landscape.
Location and boundaries
The District Council of Mount Remarkable area is located in the Yorke and Mid North Region of South Australia, about 270 kilometres north of the Adelaide CBD. The District Council of Mount Remarkable area is bounded by the Flinders Ranges Council area in the north, the District Council of Orroroo Carrieton area in the east, the Northern Areas Council area in the south-east, the Port Pirie Regional Council area in the south-west, and Gulf St Vincent and Port Augusta City in the west.
The District Council of Mount Remarkable area includes the localities of Amyton, Appila (part), Bangor, Baroota, Booleroo Centre, Bruce (part), Coomooroo (part), Germein Bay (part), Hammond (part), Mambray Creek, Melrose, Moockra (part), Morchard (part), Murray Town, Nectar Brook, Port Germein, Saltia (part), Stone Hut (part), Telowie, Weeroona Island, Willowie (part), Wilmington (part), Winninowie (part), Wirrabara, Wongyarra and Woolundunga (part).
The District Council of Mount Remarkable area is predominantly rural, with small townships at Booleroo Centre, Melrose, Port Germein, Wilmington and Wirrabara. Rural land is used largely for agriculture, particularly grazing and grain growing, with some mixed farming, horticulture and forestry. Tourism is also an important industry, with the area being located in the Southern Flinders Ranges. The Council area encompasses a total land area of about 3,500 square kilometres.
The District Council of Mount Remarkable area is served by the Augusta Highway and the Horrocks Highway.
European settlement of the area dates from the 1840s, with land used mainly for grazing, timber-getting and grain growing, with some intermittent mining. Growth took place during the late 1800s and early 1900s when numerous small townships were established, aided by the opening of railway lines. The population has been relatively stable over recent decades.
The original inhabitants of the District Council of Mount Remarkable were the Ngadjuri and Nukunu Aboriginal people.